2014 Oct. 13: Mother of the recently murdered lesbian demands justice

Text by Lerato Dumse
Photos by Zanele Muholi 

A suspect is due to appear in the Tsakane Magistrate Court today (October 14), in connection with the fatal stabbing of Phumzile Nkosi (27) on October 2, 2014.


Umfundisi_9421Pastor Dlamini led the funeral service…

Daveyton Uthingo members_9479Members of Daveyton Uthingo, were there to grieve with the family and friends, standing in front Funo, Pride, Pearl, Sicka and Lesiba.

Musa Williams_9401Musa Williams from EPOC LGBTI spoke deeply at the funeral…

Activists sadness_9410Activists came to support the grieving family…

Miriam _ Phumzile s mom_9474Miriam Nkosi, the victim’s mother arriving at Vlakfontein cemetery…


Malindi & Nontyatyambo_9434


Family support and coffin_9405


Phumzile Nkosi s coffin_9457


Activists in action_9550



phumzile laid to rest_9487


Activists singing in support of the family_9516

Thuli the activists_9556


Welcome to Tsakane_9605


Family and relatives_9406
Phumzile, a lesbian mother of two boys aged 8 and 9years old, was laid to rest at Vlakfontein cemetery, after a service at home on October 12.

For Miriam Nkosi (54) the funeral of her youngest child meant she had buried four children, three of them killed in violent crimes.

Miriam says she was fetched from her house around 7pm and told that Phumzile had been stabbed in Extension 19, Tsakane, not far from her section in the same township.

When /Inkanyiso visited the family, before documenting the funeral, Miriam only had second hand information, on what happened to her daughter that fateful lateThursday afternoon.

She explained that Phumzile had left home earlier that day and said she was going to visit a friend.

Miriam says she arrived in Ext 19 to find her daughter lying on the street, facing up and dead, while people surrounded her from a distance.

She says it was when she turned her over that she saw the stab wound, while hearing a policeman demand the cloth, used to clean Phumzile’s blood in the house she was allegedly stabbed from, before being moved her to the street.

She added that she wants justice for Phumzile’s death.




linda mankazana_9540


Phumzile Nkosi_9603Rest in peace… Phumzile Nkosi…
We will always remember you!!!





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